A.L. Davis Park shooting started over basketball game

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New Orleans Police say Tuesday's shooting at A.L. Davis Park stemmed from a game of basketball.

Officers say two victims were shot on Tuesday inside A.L. Davis Park, located in the 2600 block of Lasalle Street. Two people were shot on the basketball court, police say.

"It escalated between breaks and games as to whose turn is up next and it turned into what we have today," said 6th District Commander Bob Bardy. The shooting is upsetting for police who say they regularly assign officers to patrol the park.

It's also frustrating for Jerome Temple, better known as D.J. Jubilee. He's been working to curb violence in the area for years.

"It kind of stunned me a little bit," said Temple. "Especially at a playground where everyone knows that we're trying to protect kids all over the city."

The violence doesn't stop there. Hours after that shooting, police say two suspect shot two teenagers and 3-year-old Nat Tasha Thompson in nearby Gert Town.

Investigators haven't released any details about the suspects in the triple shooting, but police are asking for the public's help in finding two men connected to the A.L. Davis Park shooting. They're looking for 23-year-old Gerard Gray and an unidentified man in a red shirt.

"If you can help with identifying this, getting the word out," said Bardy. "Both of these people are persons of interest."

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